May is officially Skin Cancer Awareness Month so we’re helping to shine light on the subject to help protect your skin and the skin of those you love.
As we’ve touched on before, wearing sun protection is imperative. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, so using sunscreen is not an option, but a must.
According to SkinCancer.Org, over 5 million Americans are diagnosed each year with skin cancer. On a good note, however, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer. About 90 percent of nonmelanoma skin cancers and 85 percent of melanoma cases report exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun as the cause, so DF HQ wishes to help raise awareness of the dangers of unprotected exposure and encourage everyone to wear sun protection.
DERMAFLASH encourages the use of broad spectrum UVB and UVA radiation protection with the use of mineral sunscreen containing both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. In addition to helping protect skin cancer, broad spectrum also helps fight against photo-aging, wrinkles, and sun spots. Be sure to look for the words “full spectrum” or “broad spectrum.” when selecting your sunscreen and make sure you choose a minimum of SPF 30.
Please share this PSA with friends and family as skin cancer is reaching epidemic levels according to the SkinCancer.Org. In addition to spreading the word, here are a few ways to get involved in the fight against skin cancer according to SkinCancer.Org:
Share Survivor Stories
Share your story on social media to encourage friends, acquaintances, and followers-at-large to get checked. Include the hashtag #MySkinCancerJourney to help increase awareness and unite in community.
Promote Early Detection
The best way to create awareness is to share alarming facts and send links to dermatologists in your area. People are busy, but if they have direct access links and digestible facts laid out in front of them, they are more inclined to take action. Forward this early detection guide to your email list—remember if you can spot it, you can stop it.
Share Helpful Prevention Tips
Prevention guidelines and early detection articles are also great resources to share with loved ones. A quick forward of an informative guideline can create cumulative viral interaction. Start a helpful email chain, or post a chain on Facebook with key tips on how to stay protected. This one is quick, helpful, and to the point.
And lastly, we encourage you to share this link to at least five friends right now to help make a change. Spreading education is the number one thing we can all do to help. Thank you from all of us at DERMAFLASH and remember to stay protected! (source SkinCancer.Org).